Midday Magazine

Weekdays, Noon - 1pm; Weekends, Noon- 1pm

WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine show brings the listener the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the very latest.

The work of the WAMC News Team is combined each day with news and features from WAMC's National Productions, the BBC, Great Lakes Radio, and Stardate. You can also get a regional weather forecast from Paul Caiano.

The listener also can hear commentaries offered by a range of commentators who span the political spectrum such as former New York Common Cause leader Paul Elisha, former Republican Comptroller candidate Herb London, Professor of International History and Politics Steven Leibo, as well as WAMC's own political observer Alan Chartock. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Tune into Midday Magazine each weekday at Noon.

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Boys Don’t Cry
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New York News
12:41 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Community Corner: U.S. Navy Band Chief Musician Suzanne Tiedeman

Chief Suzanne Tiedeman
Credit U.S. Navy Concert Band

WAMC's Weekend Host Lucas Willard speaks with Chief Suzanne Tiedeman, on growing up in the Capital Region, to her career in the U.S. Navy Concert Band.

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New York News
5:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Johnstown Mayor Wants More Public Transportation

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The Mayor of Johnstown, New York is exploring the possibility of expanding public transportation in the Fulton County region. 

Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius said he has expressed his interest in expanding public transportation through the city with Gloversville Mayor Dalton King.

“I’m just having preliminary discussions, just casual talking with the mayor, just to find out what it would cost us to reinitiate the bus service, and that’s the extent of it at this point,” said Julius.

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Listener Comment Line
12:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of March 10, 2014

We lend an ear to what you had to say this week.  Here are highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Rogovoy Report for March 14, 2014

This weekend brings classical, jazz, honkytonk, Yiddish, noise-rock, and a whole lot more to the greater Berkshire region.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Forum Updates Public On Common Core

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The North Country Alliance for Public Education held a forum on the progress of implementation of New York’s Common Core education standards last night. The meeting was intended to update the public about emerging information on the standardized test controversy.

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12:26 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 14, 2014. 

Hudson Valley News
2:56 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

NYS Senator Rolls Out Affordable Energy Plan

Credit Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Terry Gipson

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley has unveiled an energy plan he hopes will ease financial burdens and move the state forward. 

State Senator Terry Gipson has an affordable energy plan he says would bring relief from taxes and rate hikes to families and businesses.

“I just can’t sit by any longer and watch hardworking families and business owners suffer under these regressive energy taxes,” says Gipson.

The Democrat from Rhinebeck says his plan has five points.

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New York News
1:35 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Healthcare Centers Expanding In Saratoga County

Saratoga County, home to one of the fastest growing populations in New York, is also seeing an expansion of healthcare services.

According to the most recent U.S. Census, between the year 2000 and 2010, the Saratoga County population rose 9.5 percent, from 200,635 to 219,607, outpacing many of New York’s largest cities and population centers.

With that growth has also come an increased demand for healthcare services.

In late February, Saratoga Hospital cut the ribbon at its new Milton Health Center, located on Geyser Road in Ballston Spa.

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Capital Region News
1:20 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

'Game Of Drones' Preview

WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with two of the scheduled speakers at "Game of Drones."
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Next week, law professors, practicing attorneys and other experts will gather in Albany to discuss the use of drones, running the gamut from targeted killing to domestic drone use to drone journalism. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Sean Philpott: Reefer Madness

While I was on the phone with a colleague from Denver last week, our conversation turned inevitably to the topic of marijuana. Colorado legalized recreational use of drug via popular referendum in 2012, creating the world's first fully regulated recreational marijuana market. The first commercial sales occurred this past January, with $15 million in sales reported in the first month alone.

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